Working scientists seem less focused on evolution and more on design these days, figuring out how animals and plants do amazing things.Camouflage (PhysOrg): “Scientists discover new camouflage mechanism fish use in open ocean.” A paper in Science analyzes how ocean fish are so skilled at evading predators. Guanine platelets in their scales appear to render them invisible, giving them omnidirectional camouflage. This is making Navy submarine designers eager to see if that can be applied to submarines. “I think it’s a great example of how human applications can take advantage of evolutionary solutions and the value of evolutionary biology,” one said, without specifying exactly what evolution has to do with it other than claiming, without proof, the BAD idea that “Fish have evolved the means to detect polarized light.”Crystal eyes (Science): Science Magazine posted a video showing how humble chitons (oval shaped marine mollusks) use crystal eyes to detect predators. Scientists reporting in Science revealed that these relatively simple creatures are covered in thousands of eye-like light detectors made of the same “biomineralized armor” in their shells (original paper here). “The work offers a striking example of how a single material can perform two jobs—seeing and protecting—at once,” Elizabeth Pennisi says in Science, envisioning how this trick could lead to visual networks in robots. “And it may offer insight to materials scientists seeking to design their own dual-use materials.” Live Science mentions several other animals, like brittlestars, limpets and oysters, that share this secret (on brittle stars, see 8/23/01).Blood clotting (Science Daily): to nurse in surgery room: “Hand me the snake venom.” No, it’s not a plot for a horror movie. The article explains that the dreaded cocktail of poisons in the fangs of certain South American pit vipers “quickly turns into a gel that conforms to the site of a wound, keeping it closed, and promotes clotting within seconds.” See? They’re just trying to help you. “It’s interesting that you can take something so deadly and turn it into something that has the potential to save lives,” a researcher said.Space exploration (PhysOrg): Is this one about Space Duck or Felix the Martian Cat? Not quite, but “Bio-mimicry and space exploration” contains this praise to nature’s wisdom:Nature is more fascinating the deeper you look into it. When we look deeply into nature, we’re peering into a laboratory that is over 3 billion years old, where solutions to problems have been implemented, tested, and revised over the course of evolution. That’s why biomimicry is so elegant: on Earth, nature has had more than 3 billion years to solve problems, the same kinds of problems we need to solve to advance in space exploration.It’s not quite clear why evolution didn’t equip us humans with these same solutions if they are out there in nature among birds, ants, termites and other things; did we lose something along the way? Setting aside the moyboy terminology, it’s clear that (despite the Darwinese) the focus of the article is on rational design. The article describes a panoply of engineering solutions in sunflowers, extremophiles, and many other living things, and includes eight short videos showing researchers learning engineering secrets from a variety of creatures from bees to snakes.Robot stability: Many robots—if they could talk—would cry it, “Help; I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” Maybe we humans do have something to inspire biomimetics. PhysOrg reports that engineers at Carnegie Mellon are developing a “Strategy based on human reflexes [that] may keep legged robots and prosthetic legs from tripping.” Well-designed prosthetic devices using those principles could return the favor, helping amputees regain a solid footing.Gecko foot cleaner: Wall-climbing geckos, those icons of biomimetics, are in the news again. This time, researchers publishing in Nature Communications found the secret to keeping their toe pads clean. The Chinese & American team describes a “unique self-cleaning mechanism” built into the gecko’s toe pads (spatulae) as follows: “The difference between the velocity-dependent particle-wall adhesion and the velocity-independent spatula-particle dynamic response leads to a robust self-cleaning capability, allowing geckos to efficiently dislodge dirt during their locomotion.” They imitated this mechanism with artificial materials and found similar effects. “This work should open the door to the development of novel self-cleaning adhesives, smart surfaces, microelectromechanical systems, biomedical devices, and more.”Quick TakesRoboBee is getting an upgrade. Laser eyes on the bee-like micro air vehicle may help locate disaster victims. (Live Science)Lobster eyes inspired a lightweight mirror that will be flown on a Chinese-French space observatory. (PhysOrg)Spider web silk is helping eastern US scientists develop stickier glues that retain their adhesiveness in humid environments. (PhysOrg)Wood you have known that wood is “an ideal raw material” to replace petroleum-based products with renewable alternatives? German and American scientists are exploring “xylochemistry” to derive materials for a variety of applications. (PhysOrg)Mantis shrimp mastery of circular polarization (11/19/15) could lead to “applications in satellite remote sensing, biomedical imaging, cancer detection, and computer data storage” (Science Daily).Epithelial cells in animal tissues are often “stretched, deformed and bashed about but they do not tear.” Here’s a great project for biomimetics: designing materials possessing the same properties. (PhysOrg)Viruses are little nano-machines that deliver goods. Why can’t humans imitate their packaging and delivery principles? Chinese scientists are looking at “Virus-mimetic nanovesicles as a versatile antigen-delivery system” for good. (PNAS)Finally, Robots can teach us about ourselves (PhysOrg). In his study of autism, biomechanist Madhusudhan Venkadesan has to build robots to understand humans to help humans.“Building a robot is a more definitive test of a design principle than anything I can do in biology,” Venkadesan says. “If I believe this ligament or that tendon is responsible for energy efficient running, or for stability, I can’t remove the ligament in your body to test my theory. But with a robot, I can. I can do that, and I can use any insights from that to better understand you while you’re running.”Thus biomimetics comes full circle. It recalls the famous quote by T. S. Eliot, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”It may take time, but biomimetics has the potential to leave Darwinism in the dust and usher in a golden age of scientific understanding, application and prosperity. Help young people catch the vision. If you have influence as a teacher or parent, tell them about these real-life science projects that are doing great good. They’ll never look at a bumblebee, snake, or bird the same way again, and some day they may offer help to millions of people.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
ohannesburg, Thursday 20 June 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s performance in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI). While the country’s ranking declines by three positions to 31/180 from 28/180 in 2018, South Africa remains in a strong position in terms of its global position in press freedom.Contextualising the decline, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock notes that some threats were perceived to the freedom of action of journalists, which according to the survey includes cases where journalists were harassed or subjected to intimidation in cases of reporting on some sensitive issues including: government finances, redistribution of land, and corruption.Dr de Kock adds that “while these are some of the challenges raised by journalists through the WPFI survey, it is clear from the country’s performance in the index that South Africa maintains an extremely free press environment. South Africa’s improved ranking since 2013 illustrates a systemic strengthening of press freedom in a democratic society.”For a global point of reference, it is noteworthy that the 2019 WPFI reports that France and the United Kingdom rank just behind South Africa in terms of press freedom at 32/180, and 33/180 respectively. The United States of America ranks far below South Africa for press freedom, at 48/180. Two major African states Kenya and Nigeria rank 100/180 and 120/180 respectively.“This means that in both a global and African context, South Africa performs extremely well in terms of press freedom. The relevance of this index for South Africa, as a transparent Constitutional Democracy, is that the country has the duty to maintain press freedom, and to enhance the rights of citizens to not only access information, but also to be free to express opinions in public without any fear of retribution, or state sanction. In a global environment where journalists often have to do their work in the face of fear and threats to their lives, South Africa’s high ranking in the Press Freedom Index enhances the reputation of the Nation Brand,” said Dr de Kock.The WPFI ranks 180 countries for the level of freedom journalists have to perform their duties. It is based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is beneficial for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the season of delicious pumpkin dishes arriving for 2015, connesouirs can take heart in knowing that pumpkin offers significant nutritional benefits.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database, even though a cup of canned pumpkin is primarily water and contains just 80 calories, it offers more than an entire day’s worth of vitamin A, as well as 7 grams of fiber. It’s also a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, iron and manganese, and is a good source of potassium and many other nutrients.Interestingly, canned pumpkin — even canned pumpkin labeled “100% pumpkin” — can be a mix of pumpkin and other types of winter squash. That’s nothing new. Back in 1957, the USDA said the canned product can be prepared from “clean, sound, properly matured, golden fleshed, firm shelled, sweet varieties of either pumpkins and squashes.” But most fans of canned pumpkin don’t mind. Some even say on foodie discussion boards that they prefer canned pureed pumpkin to homemade.It’s important to note two things. First, don’t mistake canned pumpkin puree for canned pumpkin pie filling, even though they are next to each other in the baking supplies aisle at the grocery store. You can doctor up the pumpkin puree with your own recipe to use for pumpkin pie, but pumpkin pie filling is already sodden with added sugar, boosting the calorie count to 280 per cup.Also, look for low- or no-sodium types of canned pumpkin. You’ll slash the sodium content in one cup of pumpkin from a whopping 590 milligrams to a more-than-acceptable 10 milligrams.As for ideas on how to use pumpkin, any recipe database can be searched to spark creativity. One such site, often overlooked, is the USDA’s “What’s Cooking” website at whatscooking.fns.usda.gov. Search for “pumpkin” and the recipes that result include muffins, pancakes, cookies and other treats, as well as dishes such as:Pumpkin Soup, which includes a bit of beef roast and maple syrup, black pepper and cinnamon for flavor.Pumpkin Peanut Butter Sandwich, which is just what it sounds like. Blend pumpkin with peanut butter before spreading on bread, and add a sliced banana.Pumpkin and White Bean Soup, which combines pureed canned white beans and apple juice with pumpkin, onion and spices for a hearty dish.Pumpkin Smoothie, which uses chilled canned pumpkin with evaporated low-fat milk, orange juice, banana, light brown sugar, ice cubes and cinnamon.Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, which uses pumpkin puree to boost the nutrition in this traditional comfort food.Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1043, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day two of the National 18 Years Touch Football Championships was another of picture perfect conditions. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) continued their dominance in both the Mens and Womens competition, but there are certainly other teams setting themselves to challenge for a finals berth on Saturday. MENS: In the Mens division NSWCHS, Sydney Mets, QSST, Central Queensland and North Queensland are looking like they will all be fighting for the title, although an upset or two can never be discounted. The Sydney Mets are looking to challenge the school sides, with Youth World Cup 20’s member Jai Ayoub leading the way with seven touchdowns for the tournament. NSWCHS have also had a relatively easy run, scoring double figures in each of the first four matches; Alyd Owen is leading the side with nine touchdowns for the tournament. QSST have not been troubled except for a 5-5 draw against Central Queensland, who look like a side that may just cause an upset in the finals. The local Northern Eagles side has played well and may just scrape into the top eight finals with matches against South Australia and Victoria still to play. South Australia and Victoria have struggled throughout the tournament, beaten severely most matches, and will no doubt be anticipating their match against each other. NT broke through for their first win at the Championships beating the ACT 7-3. WOMENS: In the Womens division a QSST side stacked with Australian representative players looks difficult to beat, scoring a remarkable 43 touchdowns for the tournament in just the first four matches. Gemma Etheridge and Belinda Hammett have each scored six touchdowns after four rounds, but with all of the QSST side able to score and do so multiple times, it seems the QSST side are red hot favourites. South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) will be one side looking to challenge their Queensland competition, undefeated in pool three so far. The ACT look like they will miss out on a position in the top eight finals, disappointing considering the improvement they have shown in the past two years. TouchWest (WA) appear to be taking up the challenge to the dominance of NSW and Queensland however, after challenging the top ranked NSWCHS side in a tough 6-4 encounter. If TouchWest can beat NSWCCC in their match tomorrow, they will be virtually guranteed a top eight final and the highest finish of any non-Queensland or NSW side. NSWCHS had another tough match against the NSWCCC side before finishing round four with an easy 15-0 win over SA. Ashleigh Dobbins and Jessie Shea are leading the NSWCHS side, with six touchdowns each for the tournament. The afternoon borught some of the tighest competition so far, NSWCIS and SunCoast playing out a 4-4 draw, while the Southern Suns and the Scorpions also recorded a 4-4 draw. SWQ held off NT 5-4, denying the NT their first win of the 2004 Championships. The final round matches will be played on Friday morning, followed by the qualifying finals Friday afternoon. Play-offs, semi finals and grand finals will be played on Saturday from 8:00am. The Womens grand final will begin at 3:00pm Saturday, followed by the Mens grand final at 4:00pm. Entry to the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium is free. For all individual statistics and team positions on the ladders please use the links to the Sporting Pulse results page. This is found on the ATA results story. By Rachel Moyle, email@example.com
Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: Lampard appointment helped contract decisionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says Frank Lampard’s appointment gave him an “extra boost” towards signing a new contract with Chelsea.The 18-year-old signed a new five-year contract on Thursday after over a year of negotiations.And Hudson-Odoi has credited Lampard’s presence will helping him decide his long-term future.”I’ve been thinking for a while what it would be like to be playing for Chelsea for the next five years and how everything might go, especially now Frank is here as the manager. “It’s a great feeling for all of us because we know he gives everybody a chance if you’re playing well and working hard.”He’s a very good manager. I can tell that by what he’s trying to do and the things he’s trying to implement into our football. He has the mentality of winning, which we all want and we all need, so him coming in was just an extra boost for me.”He’s already given me confidence, having a chat with me here and there, and it’s great when a manager has faith in you. I’m delighted he’s here and I’m looking forward to working more with him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has welcomed ARC Manufacturing Limited’s investment in a new $200-million state-of-the-art fabric mesh machine, which has been installed at the entity’s Bell Road complex in Kingston.The facility, which was commissioned into service on Tuesday (November 21), produces fabric mesh sheets and rolls that are used as reinforcement materials in construction.It will enable the company, which is one of Jamaica’s well-established manufacturers and distributors of building materials, to better serve its clients locally as well as in the United States.Mr. Samuda, who briefly toured ARC’s complex on Tuesday (November 21), said he was impressed with the operations, which reflected innovation and the use of technology.“In manufacturing, unless you innovate, you are not going to achieve the levels of profit that really should attend your business. Additionally, the application of appropriate technology (and) the use of new techniques in the development of the products that we market (are steps) in the right direction,” he contended.Mr. Samuda assured the management and staff of ARC that “you have my 100 per cent support for the efforts that you have been making”.ARC’s Managing Director, Norman Horne, who conducted the tour, said the new plant is capable of producing five times the combined quantity of fabric mesh material manufactured by the two existing machines being utilised.He said this will enable ARC to increase its shipment of materials for clients in the United States from two to 10.Additionally, he said the facility is projected to cut energy cost by six per cent, and provide employment for eight additional persons.“I believe that the benefits of this development to Jamaica are numerous, as the local stock of high-quality material (will be) increased, while simultaneously (boosting) export revenue and the prestige of brand Jamaica,” Mr. Horne added.Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) President, Diane Edwards, said the facility represents a “huge step” by ARC to boost its operations.“This $200-million investment demonstrates clearly that manufacturing in Jamaica is viable and competitive, and that we can successfully export quality building products to the region,” she said.The JAMPRO President said the incorporation of technology in the production line was also welcome, pointing out that “this is really taking Jamaica into the 21st century”.She added that ARC is “leading the way in manufacturing in Jamaica with commitment to excellence”.For his part, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association President, Metry Seaga, said ARC’s “impressive” investment underscores the importance of the manufacturing sector in creating developmental opportunities, providing employment, contributing to the overall growth agenda “and taking quality Jamaican-made products to the world”.“What this shows is that opportunities are available and are being pursued by those who are willing to make sacrifices to adjust to the changing market dynamics and embrace innovation. This is the only way we can propel our country into becoming a place where we can truly live, work, raise families and build enterprises,” he added. ARC’s Managing Director, Norman Horne, who conducted the tour, said the new plant is capable of producing five times the combined quantity of fabric mesh material manufactured by the two existing machines being utilised. Mr. Samuda, who briefly toured ARC’s complex on Tuesday (November 21), said he was impressed with the operations, which reflected innovation and the use of technology. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has welcomed ARC Manufacturing Limited’s investment in a new $200-million state-of-the-art fabric mesh machine, which has been installed at the entity’s Bell Road complex in Kingston. Story Highlights
zoomIllustration; Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has agreed a time charter contract with Geneva-based Cargill International for one of its Capesize vessels.Under the deal, the company’s 174,261 dwt bulker Semirio would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 16,000 per day.The charter period, scheduled to start on July 1 when the 2007-built Capesize completes its current employment, was agreed from fifteen to eighteen months.Diana Shipping said that the latest deal is expected to generate around USD 7.2 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Semirio is currently earning USD 20,050 per day under an earlier charter contract with Hong Kong’s Pacific Bulk Cape Co, that stretches from September 2018.
CALGARY – Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan on Monday that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power project auctions include partnerships with those communities.The province said it hopes to attract bids to build a total of 700 megawatts of renewable power capacity, enough to power 300,000 homes, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership and 400 MW without restriction.Winners in both new rounds of bids will be judged on their power price bids, said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.She added the province hopes to duplicate the success of its first round, held last year, when three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation, 50 per cent higher than target. They bid an average price of $37 per MW-hour, which the province touted as a record low price for renewable power in Canada.The Kainai First Nation is planning a 200-MW wind project that’s “shovel-ready” to be built if selected, said Chief Roy Fox of the southern Alberta tribe also known as the Blood Tribe, speaking at the government’s news conference in Calgary.“We want to proceed with the first phase, which is 100 megawatts, and we have everything in place,” said Fox, who also goes by the name Makiinima. “We have the expertise, we’ve built some capacity, we have the financing in place, we’re ready to go and it will be situated on our reserve lands.”He said later the First Nation has an agreement to obtain funding from Indigena Capital, a Utah-based firm that finances Indigenous projects, but wouldn’t give a cost estimate for the project.Aaron Young, chief of the Chiniki First Nation, said his community is already pursuing solar power options.“We are good partners,” he said at the conference. “Just know, for us, success is well-being of our First Nations, of our people, and respect for the land that we all call home.”Successful auction bidders will win a 20-year contract with the province that provides subsidies if power prices fall below the bid price, to be paid from Alberta’s carbon levy on heavy industrial emitters. If the price is higher, the companies are to pay the difference to the province.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030.“Climate change is indeed the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. It is real,” Phillips said. “But it represents trillions in economic opportunity around the world. Albertans want to be part of those new jobs, those new businesses.”Phillips said she expects wind power projects to be most successful at auction because they cost the least but she said the government is considering ways to encourage other options such as solar power in future auctions to improve reliability of the system.Details of the upcoming auctions are to be worked out by the Alberta Electric System Operator over the next several months and a request for proposals is expected in the spring, with winning bids selected by year-end, said AESO chief operating officer Mike Law.He said bidders in the 300-MW round will need at least 15 to 25 per cent Indigenous ownership to qualify.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
New Delhi: Calling the upcoming Lok Sabha elections a choice between chaos and Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said what the Opposition had promised to be a “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) was turning out to be an alliance of several conflicting “gathbandhans” with multiple leaders, each trying to outwit the other. Jaitley said that going by past precedents, such an alliance could only lead to chaos. “The choice is clear — it is either Modi or chaos,” he said in a Facebook post. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Finance Minister said while several issues occupied the agenda space in an election, the issue of foremost relevance in 2019 was that of leadership where the Bharatiya Janata Party with “absolute clarity” was a clear winner against a “self-destructive coalition of rivals” in which the leadership issue was an “absolute puzzle”. “Within the NDA there are no leadership issues. There is absolute clarity. Narendra Modi leads the NDA and will be the Prime Minister in the event of a victory. His leadership is nationally accepted, his ratings are very high. His track record speaks for itself,” Jaitley said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed On the other hand, he said, was Congress President Rahul Gandhi “who is an inadequate leader” and has been “tried, tested and failed”. “His lack of understanding of issues is frightening. He aspires to be the leader of this chaotic pack,” Jaitley said. He said Mamata Bannerjee was positioning herself as the “sutradhar” (architect) of this grand alliance but “won’t concede a single seat either to the Congress or the Left in West Bengal but will want them to be her pillion riders if she drives the vehicle.” Taking about the other opposition parties, Jaitley said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) would contest against the Congress but eventually join hands, and so would the Trinamool and the Congress-Left alliance in West Bengal. “However, in Kerala the Congress and the Left will contest against each other. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) tried to form the government together with the support of the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir. “Today they are rivals in an election and on the dangerous agenda of either ‘autonomy’ or ‘pre-1953 status’, but could join hands with the ‘gathbandhan’. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) are not with the ‘gathbandhan’,” he said. Jaitley said the BSP was wiped out in the last Lok Sabha elections and Mayawati had now changed her strategy and wanted a strong BSP and a weak Congress. “She holds her cards close to her chest. She will open them only after the results are declared…Leaders with flexible ideologies think that they are acceptable to all. The opposition alliance is unclear — it is absolutely fragile,” he said. Jaitley added that none of the opposition parties were capable of winning any significant number of seats and the alliance won’t have a stable nucleus. “What was promised to be ‘mahagathbandhan’ is turning out to be a ‘gathbandhan’ of several conflicting alliances. It is a self-destructive ‘coalition of rivals’,” he said. “The contest is against a leader in whose hands the country is secure and developing. He is trusted. Against him, there isn’t any projected leader. There are multiple leaders, each trying to outwit the other. They can only promise a temporary government if we go by the past precedents. One can be certain of chaos. The choice is clear, it is either Modi or chaos,” Jaitley said.
Real Sociedad have confirmed the signing of Theo Hernandez on a season-long loan deal from Real MadridThe Spanish left-back has fallen completely out of the favour at Los Blancos following Julen Loptegui’s appointment as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement and sought a move away this summer in order to ensure that he will be able to rediscover his best form with regular football.Hernandez had only joined Real last year from city rivals Atletico Madrid after impressing them during his loan stint with Alaves.The 20-year-old has now passed his medical examination at the Basque city, which took place earlier this morning, with Sociedad confirming the news that he will be with them until June 2019.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad have agreed to the transfer of Theo Hernandez for the next season, until June 30, 2019,” read a statement.An official presentation will take place later in the forthcoming week.Hernandez made just 23 appearances in all competitions for Real last season.